Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, January 6, 2012

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The economy continues to add jobs, but not fast enough to make campaigning easy for President Obama. The government is about to reveal how many hours people work on average each week. Many businesses aren't happy about a move to start registering an expanded number of web suffixes next week. Alternative sentencing through special problem-solving courts is better for the job prospects and earning potential of offenders.

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Prison alternatives more profitable for offenders

Alternative sentencing through special problem-solving courts is better for the job prospects and earning potential of offenders.
Posted In: prison, Georgia

The average work week may not be so average

The government today is revealing how many hours people work on average each week. People say they're working harder, but productivity has a breaking point.
Posted In: productivity, employers, employees

Expanding web-name universe worries business groups

Many businesses aren't happy about a move to start registering an expanded number of web suffixes next week.
Posted In: Internet, technology

Fast food chains offering deals in January

Chains like Wendy's, KFC and Taco Bell are all slashing prices on some items in January -- just call them "resolution busters."
Posted In: fast food

Debt downgraded, Hungary asks for help

Hungary is the latest European Union country to head into trouble, but it isn't part of the eurozone.
Posted In: hungary, Eurozone, Europe debt crisis

European job market struggles more than U.S.

In Europe, some countries in the north are doing well while in southern countries like Italy and Spain, unemployment is skyrocketing.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, Unemployment

Diesel car market poised to grow in 2012

Chrysler announced plans to add 1,100 of them at its assembly plant in Detroit. The new workers will build a diesel version of the Jeep Cherokee. It's the latest of many U.S. automaker announcements for diesel cars and trucks.
Posted In: diesel, cars, Oil, auto market

Unemployment falls to 8.5%, lowest in three years

The nation's economy added 200,000 jobs in the month of December, while the jobless rate ticked down to 8.5 percent.
Posted In: Unemployment, Jobs

U.S. market for diesel cars could grow

New fuel efficiency standards in the U.S. mean that cars that have been popular in Europe for years could be seen more frequently on American soil.
Posted In: sustainability, fuel efficiency, Chrysler, auto sales

Mid-day Extra: Not so Hot Pockets

Why is the frozen food industry hurting, even as more people are dining at home?
Posted In: Food, frozen food, Hot Pockets

PODCAST: The 8.5%

The economy continues to add jobs, but not fast enough to make campaigning easy for President Obama. The government is about to reveal how many hours people work on average each week. Many businesses aren't happy about a move to start registering an expanded number of web suffixes next week. Alternative sentencing through special problem-solving courts is better for the job prospects and earning potential of offenders.
Posted In: Unemployment, Jobs

U.S. adds over 200,000 jobs in December

The Labor Department reported the U.S. economy added 200,00 jobs in December and the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level since 2009.
Posted In: Jobs, Unemployment

U.S. Labor Secretary on December jobs numbers

Hilda Solis, the Secretary of the Labor Department, discusses the jobs picture today, and where we still need to improve.
Posted In: Labor Department, Jobs, Unemployment

Job growth could stay slow through election season

Economy continues to add jobs, but not fast enough to make campaigning easy for President Obama.
Posted In: Jobs, Unemployment, Barack Obama, 2012 election

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